Long Grove Festive, historic charm along cobblestoned streets
BY WENDY ALTSCHULER For Sun-Times Media
Long Grove — Illinois’s first historic district — is one of those charming, inimitable towns that entice visitors from far and wide to their summer events and happenings. Artists, musicians, chefs and the people that love them flock to the downtown to take part in festivals, strolls, dining experiences and concerts.
“Every day in Long Grove, especially in the summer, is a day of fun, shopping, great food and one of-a-kind photo opportunities,” said Sharon Fine, executive director at Long Grove Business and Community Partners.
On June 8 at Towner Green across from the Village Tavern from 10 a.m. — 3 p.m., automobile fans can check out the Porsche Club of America’s Concours One for $25. Porsches, at this competitive event, will be judged by cleanliness and condition in various classes (full, touring, show and exhibition) and awarded prizes.
Free outdoor concerts will be available on Fountain Square from 4-6 p.m. every Sunday from June 29 — Aug. 24.
“The artists that perform include: Corky Siegel and Howard Levy; Carrie Newcomer; Harpeph Rising and more,” Fine said. “These artists come to the village, not just to perform, but also because they love Long Grove.”
Strawberry Fest, which goes from June 20-22, is one of the most popular and loved Long Grove summer celebrations.
“This year, there will be amusement rides and activities for all ages: rock climbing, wipe out obstacle courses, pony rides and so much more,” Fine said. “Live outdoor music, art experiences, pie eating contests and shopping, shopping and more shopping will be enjoyed by all and, of course, everywhere you look you’ll find something strawberry.”
On Aug. 16-17, visitors will take pleasure in Long Grove’s new Interactive Art Festival, hosted by the Long Grove Business and Community Partners.
“This year, the downtown turns upside down to embrace artists and their arts, with entertainment, food and music,” Fine said.
For more information, visit www.visitlonggrove.com.